The Language Instinct

The Language Instinct : The Science of Language and Mind

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How did language evolve? How old is language? How do we all know how to speak so effortlessly? Why is structural grammatical language specifically human? In his illuminating book, Steven Pinker attacks these fundamental questions with intense curiosity, energetic wit and clarity. He discusses every facet of human language and uncovers its deepest mysteries. Language, to Pinker, is an instinct, and he cuts through the jargon of the science of linguistics to show us how and why. Complemented by Lalla Ward's superb and eloquent reading, this is an audio book about the power of communication and will enlighten all those curious to understand this human power. 'Dazzling ...Words can hardly do justice to the superlative range and liveliness of Pinker's investigations' Robert Winder, the "Independent". 'Pinker debunks with panache, cuts through the confusion of jargon, and tells a mean anecdote. He does for language what David Attenborough does for animals' John Gribbin, the "Sunday Times".show more

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  • Audio cassette
  • 105.92 x 139.95 x 17.02mm | 122.47g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
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  • 0752841440
  • 9780752841441

About Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker studied Experimental Psychology at McGill University, Montreal, and Harvard University. He has taught at Harvard, Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is currently Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at MIT and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has received research prizes from the National Academy of Sciences and the American Psychological Association. Lalla Ward trained as an actress and appeared most notably as Dr Who's (Tom Baker's) assistant and Ophelia to Derek Jacobi's Hamlet. She is married to Richard Dawkins, the driving force behind the Talking Science series, and travels round the world with him in a lecturing 'double act'. TBCshow more

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